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A misunderstanding of the time series of the healthy life years from Eurostat: a break in the data source rather than a epidemiological dramatic trend (Paolo Piergentili, 10 January 2013)

Trends in population data are very stable, and unexpected changes are very rare and should be always arise doubts. The most usual reason for oscillations in data values are changes in the Information system. This is the case also for Healthy Life Years (HLY). The document of SANCO, the General Directorate of the European Commission which is devoted to oversee public health issues, explains as in 2004 a break occurred in the HLY time series since the way of calculating them has changed (1). The LHY are calculated according to the Sullivan guidelines (2), and are based on the Life Expectancy statistics, which are well established and easy to calculate, and the on prevalence measures of the age specific proportion of population with and without disabilities, which is very difficult to... read full comment

Comment on: Gennaro et al. Italian Journal of Pediatrics, 38:19

correction (valerio gennaro, 10 January 2013)

Dear Editor,
please, note that in our paper is necessary to replace "2005" with "2008" in the title and in the abstract as reported in the original file and also documented in the figures.
Sorry for this problem.

Best wishes.
Valerio Gennaro read full comment

Comment on: Gennaro et al. Italian Journal of Pediatrics, 38:19

comment (Federico Allemand, 12 January 2011)

Reference number 3 is:
Perlman JM: Summary proceedings from the neurology group on hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy.Pediatrics 2006 Mar;117(3 Pt 2):S28-33
Regards
The Authors
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Comment on: Allemand et al. Italian Journal of Pediatrics, 35:14

minor corrections for tables 4 and 5 (PEACE IBO OPARA, 12 January 2011)

Table 4:
figures for hypoglycemia should be 30 and 3 not 26 and 3
figures for neonatal jaundice should be 27 and 4 not 25 and 4
Table 5:
figures for hypoglycemia should be 9 and 18 not 8 and 18
figures for jaundice should be 11 and 16 not 11 and 14 read full comment

Comment on: Opara et al. Italian Journal of Pediatrics, 36:77